How to Interview for a Job

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    Test – How Well Do You Get Interviewed?

    Do You Know Why You Didn’t Get the Interview?

    Additional Perspectives on Interviewing for a Job

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    Test – How Well Do You Get Interviewed?

    Take the following online test to see how well you would do in getting interviewed
    for a job.


    Based on the results of the test, what do you want to improve? Consider the
    guidelines in the following sections.

    Do You Know Why You Didn’t Get the Interview?

    © Copyright Sheri Mazurek

    A recent article in Wall Street Journal discussed eight blunders made by job
    seekers. The list included:

    1. Entitlement syndrome- asking for things such as free lunch at the conclusion
      of the interview
    2. Behaving rudely- examples included bringing a child to the interview or
      opening a sandwich during the interview
    3. Acting arrogantly-accepting a call during the interview
    4. Lies, lies, lies- a candidate falsely claimed a referral from a company
    5. Dressing down- wearing jeans or attire that doesn’t fit to an interview
    6. Oversharing- sharing personal information
    7. Saying thanks with gifts- sending gifts instead of a simple note to thank
      the interviewer
    8. Sporting a mom-and-dad complex- having mom or dad contact the interviewer

    For those you who recruit regularly, you are can probably relate to this list
    and can most likely share your own horror stories of things candidates have
    done in the interview process. My list of recruiting blunders seems to be a
    little more common than the WSJ list, but still equally as damaging and many
    applicants seem to be oblivious to the fact that they ruin their chances of
    being hired.

    1. Sending in a resume with the changes marked (track changes function in
      word still showing)
    2. Not completing the application
    3. Submitting an application full of grammatical, spelling, or typographical
    4. Not following the application directions
    5. Lies or fabrications on the resume or application (although these will be
      found in the background checks, many candidates seem to forget their own lies
      and admit the falsehoods in the interview or show the inconsistencies between
      the resume and the application)
    6. Arriving late to the interview without an explanation or apology
    7. Knowing absolutely nothing about the company or the position

    Additional Perspectives on Interviewing for a Job

    There is an extensive amount of information on the Internet
    about interviewing for a job.

    Grad Job Hunter – Job Hunter E-Zine – How to Handle Illegal Interview

    Networking (Online)

    Do you know why you didn’t get the interview?

    6 Signs Your Job Interview Went Well
    Getting a New Boss? Interview Again for Your

    Why Do I Have to Interview For an Internal

    How to Handle Rejection
    The 6 Crappiest Interview Questions – The Oatmeal
    Company Reorganization: How to Stay Employed
    A Panel Interview: Create a Great Impression

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